The Great Bean

26 September 2013 to 16 May 2014

Circus, illusionism, variety and dance: the The Great Bean takes place in the atmosphere of the roaring twenties, the emergence of jazz, Hollywood and vaudeville on Broadway with new dance styles like charleston and tap dance. With professional circus artists, magic acts and dance is The Great Bean a unique crossover of dance and entertainment. Choreographer Ed Wubbe takes the audience into a theatrical world, full of glitz and glamor, but also with the tragic aspects of variety, with its seamier, darker side and heart-rending tragedy. The music touches different emotions, the infectious Gipsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and the magic of Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynth Suite ‘provide a smile and a tear.


  • 4Star

    "A well put-together, beautifully danced production, where entertainment and tragedy go hand in hand."

    De Volkskrant, 03-10-2013

  • "A most entertaining show, wildly applauded by an enthusiastic audience."

    Dance Europe, 03-10-2013

  • 4Star

    "Perfectly performed parade of glitzy dance, seductive female solos, circus acts and conjuring tricks."

    Parool, 03-10-2013

  • "The Great Bean is stupendously good."

    Zwolsche Courant, 03-10-2013

    The Great Bean is stupendously good. (…) In the title piece, Wubbe pulls out all the stops. Wubbe interweaves light and dark with such dexterity that you lose track of what is good or bad, jest or despair, freedom or enslavement. Is the clown funny, terrifying or simply – like the rest of us – a little sad. Masterful.

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  • 4Star

    "As always, Ed Wubbe’s choreography is the crowning glory of the evening."

    Dagblad van het Noorden, 04-10-2013

Ed Wubbe


Artistic director Ed Wubbe is one of the most versatile Dutch choreographers whose work is seen by a large audience in the Netherlands. His immediate hit ‘Rameau’, his first production as...

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